The 2019 Asian Cup will come to a head on Friday when first-time finalists Qatar prepare to face off against four-time champions and front-runners Japan.Japan have been the team to beat this tournament following the early exits of South Korea and Australia, having clinched the top spot of Group F in a straightforward manner with wins over Turkmenistan, Oman and Uzbekistan, before beating Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iran in the knockout stages.Qatar emerged as an unlikely powerhouse after knocking out favourites South Korea in the quarter-finals, and will head into the final backed by the momentum of their 4-0 semi-final victory over hosts United Arab Emirates. 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US TV channel Online stream Univision NOW DAZN (one month free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Japan players Goalkeepers Gonda, Higashiguchi, Schmidt Defenders Nagatomo, Yoshida, Sakai, Makino, Tomiyasu, Shiotani, Miura, Muroya, Sasaki Midfielders Haraguchi, Inui, Shibasaki, Endo, Aoyama, Minamino, Ito, Doan Forwards Osako, Muto, Kitagawa With holding midfielder Wataru Endo injured, Al Ain defender Tsukasa Shiotani could be set for a return to the XI following his only start against Uzbekistan in the group stages.Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Hidemasa Morita is also unavailable to feature.Potential Japan XI: Gonda; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomayasi, Nagatomo; Haraguchi, Shiotani; Minamino, Doan, Shibasaki; Osako. Position Qatar players Goalkeepers Al Sheeb, Hassan, Al-Bakri Defenders Ro-Ro, Hassan, Salman, Ismail, Al-Muhaza, Al-Rawi, Al-Ali, Madibo Midfielders Fatehi, Hatem, Mohammed, Boudiaf, Al-Hajri, Khoukhi, Moustafa, Afif Forwards Alaaeldin, Al-Haydos, Afif, Ali The eligibility of Qatar players Almoez Ali, 22 and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21 have been questioned ahead of the final – with Ali having scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament.Potential Qatar XI: Al Sheeb; Ro-Ro, Khoukhi, Salman, Hassan; Boudiaf, Afif, Madibo, Al-Hajri; Al Haydos, Ali.Betting & Match Odds Japan are priced at odds of winning 23/20 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 2/1. A win for Qatar is priced at 3/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Japan are on course to win a record-extending fifth continental title as they take on Qatar at Zayed Sports City following their 3-0 victory over fellow favourites Iran in the semi-finals.Head coach Hajime Moriyasu is set to become the first manager to win the tournament as both head coach and player, having been part of the Samurai Blues’ title-winning 1992 team.Thirty-year-old Tsukasa Shiotani was drafted in for the injured Morita and scored the winner during the 2-1 group stage victory over Uzbekistan, and could be in line to be included in the XI for the final.“If the manager picks me, I’ll be ready to do my best,” Shiotani said in the lead-up to the game. “It’s not every day you get to play in an Asian Cup final. I want to enjoy it.”Debut finalists Qatar have reached their first continental final in their nation’s history, with a win over neighbours UAE following an impressive 1-0 quarter-final victory over tournament favourites South Korea.Hasan Al Haydos and Hamid Ismaeil scored late on for Qatar during the politically-charged semi, and have won all six of their matches and are yet to concede a single goal – becoming the first nation to ever do so at the Asian Cup.Qatari players were pelted with plastic bottles and shoes by furious local fans during their 4-0 semi-final thrashing of UAE.The protests stemmed from a history of political and economic boycotts of Qatar, which the UAE had launched alongside Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017 – with the four countries accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The tensions has also meant that almost no Qatari fans or media have been present in the UAE to report on their run to a first continental final.”We have already realised a dream that the whole country had,” said striker Almoez Ali, who equalled Ali Daei’s record of eight goals in a single Asian Cup against the hosts on Tuesday.”We will need patience in the final but if we are patient, we have a chance of being champions.”
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 22: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on in the first half during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 22, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State football’s 2018 season has been a bit disappointing for the fans who wanted to see a breakthrough to the College Football Playoff.After back-to-back trips to New Year’s Six games, with the 2017 Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, a step up to the top four with a senior quarterback in Trace McSorley was a solid, if lofty, goal.Instead, PSU is 7-3, with losses to the Big Ten East’s three other main powers, Ohio State, Michigan State, and most recently, a drubbing at the hand of conference favorite Michigan.Still, not all is lost for the Nittany Lions. After picking up a nice win over Wisconsin on Saturday, we’ll learn more about where they stand tonight, when the new College Football Playoff rankings are released.Last week, Penn State came in at No. 20. No. 11 Kentucky, No. 14 NC State, No. 16 Mississippi State, No. 17 Boston College, and No. 18 Michigan State all suffered losses over the weekend, so the Nittany Lions are poised to make a pretty big leap forward.If they can continue to rise, PSU may find itself in a big bowl once again. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Finishing in the Top 12 of the College Football Playoff rankings is important for Penn State football to make a third straight New Year’s Six bowl.The Nittany Lions should finish 9-3 in the regular season, with a trip to Rutgers this weekend and a final game at home against Maryland.Those two wins should put the program on the cusp of a Top 12 spot, which would give it a very good chance at making a NY6 bowl, likely the Peach Bowl. Of course, the highest ranked Group of Five school automatically gets one of those bids, which is important to keep in mind. That is currently undefeated No. 12 UCF.Here are the main competitors for those coveted spots, and their upcoming games:No. 9 West Virginia (7-1): at Oklahoma State, vs. No. 7 Oklahoma, potential Big 12 Championship GameNo. 10 Ohio State (8-1): at Maryland, vs. No. 4 MichiganNo. 11 Kentucky (7-2): vs. Middle Tennessee, at LouisvilleNo. 13 Syracuse (8-2): at No. 3 Notre Dame (Bronx, NY), at No. 17 Boston CollegeNo. 15 Florida (6-3): vs. Idaho, at Florida StateNo. 19 Texas (6-3): vs. No. 22 Iowa State, at KansasPenn State has an easier path than West Virginia, Syracuse, and arguably Texas. You can definitely put Ohio State on that list too, but the Buckeyes have a head-to-head win over the Nittany Lions, and it seems likely that they will end with just one or two losses.If Penn State jumps a bunch of those teams and winds up in the Top 12 at season’s end, a first-ever Peach Bowl trip for the team is likely. The Fiesta Bowl is also an option, though it is unlikely that Penn State will be sent to the same game two years in a row.If Ohio State loses to Maryland AND Michigan, and Michigan makes the playoff, the Rose Bowl is also a possibility, but a very remote one. The Buckeyes are 14.5-point favorites over the Terrapins on the road.
Story Highlights Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major General Rocky Meade, says that the newly opened Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) will transform the way in which the military serves and trains soldiers. Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major General Rocky Meade, says that the newly opened Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) will transform the way in which the military serves and trains soldiers.He said JDF has established a strong foundation in the area of professional military education, on which the CMA will now build.“The establishment of the CMA is yet another stage in the evolution [of the JDF]. The CMA is the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean and is in line with similar establishments in other militaries across the world that have received academic accreditations for their professional military education institutions,” he pointed out.“The CMA will allow the JDF and other regional forces to train our own soldiers and officers at all levels, utilising international curriculums, which are tailored to meet our own specific needs in the region and the needs of militaries from other developing countries,” he added.Major General Meade was speaking at a security symposium at the CMA located at Up Park Camp, St. Andrew, on Friday (September 28).He informed that the CMA will cover all aspects of training, from artisan to degree.“We are going to seek, through adjunct professors, to have our senior officers do research, and they [will be] accredited with degrees in the long run,” he said.Meanwhile, Major General Meade said the JDF is embarking on a number of partnerships, citing engagement with the University Council of Jamaica, which has provided the force with a self-study guide, while discussions are advanced with the University of the West Indies (UWI) on the delivery of training over the next five to 10 years.The security symposium, entitled ‘Great Power, Global Competition: Opportunity or Threat’, included presentations from Professor Laurence McCabe from the United States Naval War College and UWI Professor Anthony Clayton. He said JDF has established a strong foundation in the area of professional military education, on which the CMA will now build.
WMN Staff, March 25, 2014 zoom Despite earlier optimism of the coordinating agencies, the Houston Ship Channel remains closed to vessel traffic.U.S. authorities continue cleanup operations of the major Texas shipping channel, with 27 response vessels actively working to skim and recover oil with more than 539 personnel on-scene.According to the latest Coast Guard report, there are 46 outbound vessels and 47 inbound vessels in the queue for transit in the Port of Houston. So far, only the Galveston Bolivar ferry has been given permission to operate and will be running between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Due to the fact that more and more vessels are trying to move into or out of the Gulf of Mexico, shipping delays forced Exxon Mobil Corp to cut production at its Baytown, Texas, refinery. The company expects further production cuts by mid-week if the channel remains shut, reported Reuters.As of yesterday, more than 71,000 feet of containment boom have been deployed on waters surrounding the incident site and along sensitive shorelines in the area. An additional 192,500 feet of boom has been staged for possible deployment and another 20,680 feet ordered.At the moment, there is no clear sign when the channel could be reopened for traffic, but according to the warning issued by the Coast Guard on Sunday, portions of the Houston channel and its offshoots to Texas City and Galveston, Texas, along with a portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, could be closed through March 29 or longer, depending on the requirements of a cleanup.Background:The Houston Ship Channel was closed on Saturday following a collision between a Kirby Inland Marine oil barge and a cargo ship (Kirby Barge 27706 and M/V SUMMER WIND), spilling some 168,000 gallons (636,000 liters) of residual fuel oil.
New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices on Tuesday saw the biggest hike since July 5 Budget as India voiced concern over a spike in global oil prices following attacks on Saudi Arabian crude oil facilities.Petrol price was increased by 14 paisa per litre to Rs 72.17 and diesel by 15 paisa to Rs 65.58 per litre in the national capital, according to price information available from state-owned oil firms. This increase is the biggest single-day hike since the July 5 maiden Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that raised rates by almost Rs 2.50 a litre due to an increase in excise duty on fuel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe increase in retail prices on Tuesday followed nearly 20 per cent surge in international oil prices in intraday trading — the biggest jump in almost 30 years — in response to attacks halving Saudi Arabia’s output, before closing nearly 15 per cent higher at four-month highs. Meanwhile, Indian equities tumbled for a second session on Tuesday as investors feared that elevated crude prices may further aggravate India’s fiscal concerns and cause more troubles for the economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTracking weak global sentiments following drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, the BSE benchmark Sensex plunged 642.22 points, or 1.73 per cent, to 36,481.09. The gauge nosedived over 704 points during the session. The broader NSE Nifty fell 185.90 points, or 1.69 per cent, to 10,817.60. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange, the rupee opened at 71.83 then lost further ground and fell to an intra-day low of 71.98 against the US dollar. The local unit finally settled for the day at 71.78, down 18 paise over its previous closing. On Tuesday, international oil prices slid, although the market remains on tenterhooks over the threat of a military response to the attacks. Brent crude was down 36 cents, or 0.50 per cent, at USD 68.66 a barrel. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said India, the world’s third-largest oil consumer, is keeping a close watch on the developing situation. “Certainly when there is a spike in prices, it creates anxiety,” he told reporters here. “The events since Saturday (when the Saudi oil facilities were attacked) are a matter of concerns to us.” He, however, said that oil supplies from Saudi Arabia, India’s second-biggest source, have not been disrupted. “We have uplifted more than half of the contracted quantity for September. We uplifted oil (from Saudi Arabia) yesterday (September 16) and even today (September 17),” he said. China, South Korea, Japan and India are the biggest takers of the Saudi oil in Asia, with China and Japan leading the pack at an average of 900-1,100 kilo barrels per day each. India could be most exposed as its reserves are the least.
“The amount we are seeking to meet the immediate needs of some of the world’s poorest people is spare change compared with the cost of many other operations, and yet we find ourselves banging the drum in their name,” World Food Programme (WFP) Associate Director for Operations Jamie Wickens said in Dakar, Senegal. “Niger and Mali need help today, not tomorrow.”A lethal combination of locusts and drought has created pockets of severe need in the two countries. But to date, WFP has received only about a third of the $11 million required to fund its emergency operations, leaving a total of $7.2 million ($5.8 million for Mali and $1.4 million for Niger) needed immediately to ensure people make it through the next three months before they harvest again in October.The most immediate and obvious victims of the current crisis are children, whose frail malnourished bodies have been arriving at feeding centres in disturbing numbers in the worst affected areas, WFP noted.”At a time when the G8 countries are finally talking seriously about lifting sub-Saharan Africa out of debt and impoverishment, here is a perfect example of how the rich world can make a very practical difference,” Mr. Wickens said of next month’s summit of industrialized countries in Gleneagles, Scotland. “One of the first rungs on the ladder of development is lifting the poorest of the poor out of hunger.”A nutrition survey in Niger in January suggested as many as 350,000 children under the age of five could be suffering from malnutrition. More recent surveys by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins sans Frontières corroborate these findings and point to a deteriorating situation, typical of a war zone. As many as 800,000 children under five are now thought to be going hungry.The situation in Mali, which has received even less international attention, is equally stark. Some 1.1 million poor farmers are estimated to be short of food. Recent nutrition surveys undertaken by the NGOs Oxfam-UK and Action Contre la Faim in northern Mali found a significant increase in severe malnutrition among the pastoralist population, particularly young children.
As a result, water, sanitation, hygiene, health and shelter interventions in most of the countries of asylum are below the global standard, with the risk of outbreak of diseases. Access to alternative and sustainable household energy is a challenge and one of the main causes of conflict with host communities because refugees are forced to cut firewood for domestic use, a resource that is extremely scarce in some locations, the spokesperson noted. Children, who constitute 70 per cent of the refugee population, bear the brunt of inadequate resources. More than 16 per cent of them have special needs, including being unaccompanied or separated from family. “Children are the worst affected by unpredictable population movements and the upheaval of constant displacements,” Ms. Fleming stressed. In Kakuma, Kenya, for example, UNHCR has noted a significant increase in the prevalence of global acute malnutrition among new arrivals in recent months. Lack of funding is hampering case management efforts, including the reunification of unaccompanied and separated children with their families. The average regional ratio of case workers to children with specific needs is one case worker per 90 children, while the global standard is one case worker per 25 children, Ms. Fleming said. Ethiopia has just 20 per cent of the child protection staff needed. Gaps remain in meeting minimum education standards with lack of qualified teachers, insufficient classrooms and scholastic materials. Secondary/tertiary education, vocational training and empowerment programmes for adolescents and youth need to be strengthened as a way to reduce the risk of child recruitment. In addition, the spokesperson highlighted that the majority of host countries are affected by food ration cuts by the World Food Programme (WFP), compounded by the discontinuation of milling vouchers and the challenge of incomplete food baskets. “Livelihoods activities were limited in scope and number, and they do not match up to the significant needs of enhancing refugees’ self-reliance,” Ms. Fleming said. UN Mission in South Sudan condemns violenceIn related news today, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) condemned in the strongest terms the resurgence of violence in the country. Reiterating its calls on all parties to put an end to the ongoing fighting and refrain from inflicting further violence against innocent civilians, UNMISS also deplored the shooting attack on a senior UN agency official that took place yesterday evening in the Tomping area of Juba. “Such an act constitutes a grave violation of the Status of Forces Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the United Nations. UNMISS calls on the authorities to investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to account,” the Mission said in a press release. The UN and the international community are here to assist the people of South Sudan on their road to peace, and under no uncertain terms should its installation/premises or personnel be subjected to targeting nor violence. In addition, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Løj, urged all parties “on the eve of South Sudan’s fifth anniversary of independence to cease from engaging in violence and to focus on the implementation of the peace agreement for the benefit of all the people of [the country].” “The UN remains resolved in fulfilling its mission in South Sudan and supporting the implementation of the peace agreement for a peaceful and prosperous country,” the statement also said. As South Sudan prepares to make its fifth anniversary of independence, United Nations officials today expressed concern over the continuing violence in parts of the country and the resulting forced displacement of people, both internally and throughout the neighbouring region. “I am deeply alarmed by the ongoing fighting in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.“This outbreak of hostilities in the capital, on the eve of the country’s fifth anniversary of independence, is yet another illustration of the parties’ lack of serious commitment to the peace process and represents a new betrayal of the people of South Sudan, who have suffered from unfathomable atrocities since December 2013,” he added.The UN chief underscored that he is also gravely concerned by the resurgence of violence in Wau and Bentiu, which he said could lead to a “dramatic deterioration” of the security situation across the country.Demanding that international humanitarian law be respected and that unfettered access to those in need by UN and humanitarian partners be ensured, Mr. Ban also strongly condemned attacks on UN and humanitarian operations, the latest of which was on a senior UN agency official in the capital last night.“I urge President Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar to put an immediate end to the ongoing fighting, discipline the military leaders responsible for the violence and finally work together as partners to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,” the Secretary-General said, adding that the UN remains committed to working with all South Sudanese, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union and international and regional partners, to support the return of the country to peace and stability.At the biweekly press briefing in Geneva this morning, Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the agency remains gravely concerned over the situation in South Sudan, noting that nearly one in four of the country’s citizens is displaced within its borders or in neighbouring countries, which is affecting some 2.6 million people – a large majority of them children – against a population that stood at 11.3 million in 2013. “Civilians in South Sudan continue to bear the brunt of armed conflict. Sporadic clashes are commonplace, while growing food insecurity and deteriorating economic conditions foretell a grim outlook for the country at large,” Ms. Fleming said. UNHCR noted that South Sudan has spent much of its short life at war with itself, riven by a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar that erupted into full-blown conflict late in 2013. Some 2.4 million people fled their homes in fear, before an August 2015 peace deal ended the major offensives. The country is preparing to mark the fifth anniversary of its independence on 9 July.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability has spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions. This past month, deadly clashes in Wau resulted in the deaths of more than 40 people, while up to 35,000 fled their homes. Such fighting is characteristic of the trend that produced fresh refugee outflows this year, the UNHCR spokesperson said. In the nine months that the ceasefire has been observed, there has been no major return movement from countries of asylum. In that period, the number of internally displaced people rose by 100,000, while UNHCR registered nearly 140,000 new refugees. There are now more than 860,000 South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, making it the world’s fourth-largest refugee producing country, and second largest in sub-Saharan Africa after Somalia. Notwithstanding these challenges, South Sudan is host to more than 272,000 refugees from mainly Sudan (251,000), with smaller numbers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (14,799), Ethiopia (4,400) and the Central African Republic (1,878). This year the country has experienced the arrival of some 9,000 new refugees as a result of conflict in the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan, Ms. Fleming said. Neighbouring countries continue to maintain open borders for South Sudanese refugees, and there is ongoing engagement with host communities. Since 2015, some 22,000 individuals have fled fighting in Western Equatoria into remote parts of the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In both countries, insecurity and logistical difficulties are affecting humanitarian access. Meanwhile, Sudan has received the highest number of new South Sudanese refugees this year, according to UNHCR. With 231,581 individuals, it is now the second-highest refugee hosting country after Ethiopia (285,356). They are followed by Uganda (229,006) and Kenya (103,173). Humanitarian response is ‘sorely lacking’The spokesperson also noted that the number of food insecure people in South Sudan is expected to increase from 4.3 million to 4.8 million in line with seasonal vulnerabilities and the economic crisis. At the same time, she underscored that the overall humanitarian response in South Sudan is “sorely lacking” due to severe underfunding. UNHCR and 42 non-governmental partners are requesting $573 million for refugee protection and assistance programmes. With the inter-agency appeal funded at 17 per cent ($85.4 million), agencies are constrained to prioritize emergency response and life-saving assistance activities, Ms. Fleming said. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) provides protection to civilians fleeing violence in Wau. Photo: UNMISS
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MADRID — Rayo Vallecano defeated Eibar 1-0 in the Spanish league on Friday, ending an 11-match winless streak.Adrian Embarba scored from close range in the 53rd minute to give Rayo its first victory since September in all competitions.It was Rayo’s first win in eight matches this season at its Vallecas Stadium in Madrid.The result left the promoted club second-to-last in the league standings with 10 points from 14 matches, three points from safety.Eibar, 10th in the standings, was coming off a 3-0 rout of Real Madrid in the previous round.Sevilla leads the league with 26 points, one more than Barcelona and two more than Atletico Madrid.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
One of the flooded yards in Charity Housing SchemeResidents of Charity Housing Scheme on the Essequibo Coast are contending that blockage in the main drainage canals are causing a buildup of water in the community.Contacted previously, Councillor Ryan Vanslygtman of the Charity/Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) said the NDC is aware of the situation. On Thursday he led a team of Councillors to visit the area and meet with affected residents.He explained that the blockage is caused by persons blocking the main drainage system of the Housing Scheme by building concrete bridges over the canal. He noted that these residents claimed that they were given permission to construct these bridges by the overseer, Samuel Sooklall.According to Vanslygtman, efforts to contact the overseer to get answers have proved futile. “He is doing things without the permission of the NDC, and is corrupting the system,” the Councillor lamented.He has posited that the lawlessness in the Charity area must stop, and that the NDC must be able to have full control over all decisions made, in the best interest of the people in the communities under its oversight.The blockage is causing water to accumulate on, and cause damage to, the roadwayWhen <
When Turkish troops raided Greek villages and communities as havoc broke out in Cyprus during the ‘bloody Christmas’ of 1963, a man from Basford was on hand to help save women and children.Philip Backler – then a young RAF transport driver – covered his truck in a white sheet to disguise himself as a member of the Red Cross.Now, the proud 78-year-old has been awarded a general service medal for his efforts – more than half a century later.He said: “The British were not directly involved, but all hell broke loose. They asked for volunteers to help keep the women and children safe, so I put myself forward.“They were terrified. The Turks had broken into their houses and put machine guns in their living rooms. That happened in quite a few instances; a lot of the homes had children living in them.“So I was dressed up in a white sheet with a red cross. They threatened me with a machine gun when I was in the Land Rover.”Mr Backler, who was not usually armed in his role as a driver who loaded weapons onto RAF aircraft, was given a Sten gun for the mission.“Because I drove all over, from our base in Akrotiri to Limassol, where this was happening, I knew my way around the area well,” he added. “So I was the right man for the job. I can’t say it wasn’t scary because gun fire was going off all over. The fighting was going on around me.”Mr Backler said he transported around two dozen women and children to safety, driving them 12 miles in a cramped seven-tonne truck back to the British base in Akrotiri.He was given his medal after seeing an article in Proud to Serve magazine earlier this year asking for veterans to come forward.“I wrote to the war office and explained what I had done,” he said. “I thought it would take longer, but within about a month I had my letter from the Ministry [of Defence] to confirm it.“It’s made me very proud to receive the medal, even if it is all these years later.”The Turkish-Greek conflict, which erupted in 1974 after the Turks invaded Greek zones, is still unresolved. The 1963-64 crisis resulted in the death of 364 Turkish Cypriots and 174 Greek Cypriots. A ‘buffer zone’ between the two areas is still contested and uninhabited.It is patrolled by UN troops, and last year East Midlands regiment the Mercians were posted there.The GSM medal Mr Backler has been given this year, after the Ministry of Defence confirmed it in October, is one of six medals the pensioner, who ran a plastics company in Radford for 30 years after leaving the air force, holds.He served from 1955 to 1967.“I’ve got a Cold War medal, which was also for service in Cyprus,” he added. “I helped load the A-bombs onto the planes when the Russians [then the Soviet Union] turned their weapons on Britain following the Cuban Missile Crisis [considered the closest the world got to full-scale nuclear war after the Soviet Union placed warheads on Cuba, which is around 500 miles from the American east coast].“In fact, I took the telegram to the British commander in Cyprus. The pilots in those planes did not think they were coming home if the mission had have gone ahead.”Mr Backler, who is retired and living in Basford, said he looks back on his military service fondly. He now sells fresh eggs laid on a farm in Derbyshire to top up his pension.Andy Gregory, chairman of the Nottinghamshire branch of the Royal British Legion, congratulated Mr Backler.He said: “It’s a fantastic bit of bravery and I’m pleased he’s got the recognition for what he did.”Mr Gregory, who served in Cyprus later as part of a still-ongoing United Nations peacekeeping mission, said other veterans who feel like they should have been given medals should follow Mr Backler’s example.He added: “A lot of servicemen have missed out on medals. It would mean a lot to them to be given them, even if that’s years on.”[Source: Nottingham Post] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La Californie frappée par des pluies diluviennesAux Etats-Unis, le sud de la Californie est victime de pluies diluviennes qui ont notamment conduit à l’évacuation de plus de 200 maisons.Au total, ce sont 230 maisons qui ont été évacuées le 21 décembre dans le Sud de la Californie, et cela sur ordre des autorités face aux pluies diluviennes qui s’abattent sur la région. Les maisons évacuées étaient principalement situées au pied des montagnes et risquaient d’être victimes d’importantes coulées de boue. En cinq jours, ce sont 25 centimètres de pluie qui sont tombés sur le sud de la Californie. Radio Canada explique que plusieurs commerces ont été fermés à San Diego tandis qu’une station balnéaire à Sorrento Valley a également dû cesser toute activité.Pour le moment, ces pluies torrentielles ont coûté la vie à une femme. Et Radio Canada de préciser qu’un camp de sans-abri a été inondé à Riverside. Le shérif du comté Orange espère, comme tous les habitants, que la météo se rétablira rapidement. Cela fait près d’une semaine que la pluie frappe ainsi la Californie. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
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UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a winter weather advisory that includes Southwest Washington and the Portland-Vancouver metro area. Forecasters expect 1 to 2 inches to fall at the lowest elevations, with more accumulating in the foothills and mountains late Saturday into Sunday. The advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the weather service.Forecasters are keeping their eye on a mass of cold air expected to reach the Northwest on Saturday, bringing low-elevation snow showers to the region for the next few days.Updated forecast models suggest the cold air may arrive closer to 4 p.m. than 10 p.m. Saturday, as originally predicted, according to the National Weather Service. But snow showers still aren’t predicted to begin until late Saturday night and into Sunday, according to the weather service. At least some accumulation is expected in places, but likely won’t amount to much.On Sunday, Vancouver’s high temperature is expected to reach 36 degrees, with snow showers continuing throughout the day. About an inch of accumulation is possible, according to the weather service. Similar conditions will stretch into Monday and early Tuesday.A warmer weather system is expected to bring rain to the area on Tuesday and the rest of next week.As wintry weather arrives this weekend, look for updates on www.columbian.com.
A Vancouver man was cited after a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening in Brush Prairie that sent four people to the hospital.Jacob Elliott, 42, was driving a 1994 Saab west on Northeast 119th Street when his car went through a red light and struck a 2008 Toyota Rav4 that was traveling south on Northeast 152nd Avenue, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The crash was reported at 4:24 p.m.Elliott and the driver of the Rav4, Sandra Sparks, 51, of Vancouver, along with a passenger in each vehicle were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries described as not life threatening.The sheriff’s office did not have the names of the passengers immediately available.Elliot was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, July 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. A 6pm Executive Session precedes the meeting. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Networkers: Tips For Resumes & Interviews at 10am. Karaoke Coding with Rhode Island Computer Museum at 3pm. Sciencetellers Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano at 6:30pm. Fiction Critique Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. Sign-Ups begin for Fun Day. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For June 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:57Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Youtube screengrabUmashankar, an IAS officer from Tamil Nadu, was removed from his position as a polling officer in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district after he was accused of performing faith healing among local residents. He practised it despite being warned by senior officials.One of the reasons for the drastic action by the Election Commission was because the body had asked polling officials to only do election-related work. However, Umashankar, an Evangelist, was also practicing faith healing. The IAS officer had made headlines in 2015 after the central government asked him to not propagate his faith publicly.He was a Hindu Dalit who converted to Christianity in 2008, reports The Times of India.According to reports, even after Umashankar was removed from his position, many went to his residence before he left to get healed. Villagers in the area first came to know of Umashankar’s abilities when he visited a hospital for headache treatment. While he was being checked by the doctors, he began blessing and ‘healing’ other patients too. When the medical staff came to know of his activities, he was asked to go and rest.”Last week, the IAS officer had come here for treatment. He was having a headache. Some other patients were also there, and he started giving some blessing or treatment to them. He had done so with only two-three patients when we politely asked him to go and take rest as he was not well. A crowd had started gathering,” Dr SB Khare, a doctor at the Sidhi District Hospital, was quoted as saying by TOI.Umashankar, an IAS officer of the 1990 Tamil Nadu cadre, was removed on Sunday and will be replaced by Chandrakar Bharti. Close SUNIL ARORA, The New Chief Election Commissioner for 2019 general polls
Bangladesh Election Commission logo. Reuters File PhotoVoting in two centres has been suspended in Bajra union of Sonaimuri upazila in Noakhali as miscreants attacked and snatched voting materials there.A group of miscreants snatched eight ballot boxes and other materials from Nawabganj Government Primary School centre around 9:30am.The group also snatched 10 rounds of bullets and a shotgun from the on-duty members of Ansar.Presiding officer of the centre then suspended voting there.Voting in another centre at Paschim Bajra Government Primary School was suspended after attack and spreading violence there around 10:00am.Executive magistrate Ruhul Amin confirmed Prothom Alo about the suspension.Earlier, the voting was suspended at a centre in Noakhali-3 constituency as unknown miscreants allegedly snatched away all voting materials.The voting was suspended at Purba Babunagar Govt. Primary School in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali in the morning, said assistant returning officer Md Ruhul Amin.
Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain on 29 September. Photo: ReutersThe killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi poured his remains down the drain after dissolving him in acid, a Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.Samples taken from the drains at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul showed traces of acid, pro-government daily Sabah said, without quoting sources.This led investigators to believe the dead body of the insider-turned-critic of the Riyadh regime was disposed of through the drains as liquid, the paper said.Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on 2 October to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. His body has never been found.After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a “rogue” operation.However, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the “highest levels” of the Saudi government of ordering the hit, while some officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, suggested last week the body may have been dissolved in acid.And on Monday, a Turkish official said Saudi Arabia sent two experts to Istanbul with the specific aim of covering up evidence after the murder.Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz took to Twitter on Thursday writing, “I’m unable to express my sorrow to hear about dissolving your body Jamal!””They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished.”A Turkish official this week confirmed a Sabah report that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi amid investigations into the murder.The paper said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on 11 October until 17 October. Saudi Arabia only allowed Turkish police to search the building on 15 October.
Kolkata: Swami Smarananandaji, president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, inaugurated a charitable dispensary with state-of-the-art diagnostic centre at Ramakrishna Math Yogodyan in Kankurgachi.The three-storey building has been built to commemorate the 125h anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893. The Yogodyan Math has been running a charitable dispensary for quite some time but the space allotted for the dispensary became small with the increasing volume of patients. Hence, a new building with a diagnostic centre was planned to set up. The diagnostic centre has been set up so that patients who come to the dispensary perform various tests at minimal costs. It will take nearly a month for the diagnostic centre to become functional. A special puja was held in the morning. Swami Smaranandaji cut the ribbon to inaugurate the centre. Sri Ramakrishna had visited the Kankurgachi garden house of his disciple Ramchandra Dutta, who was a demonstrator of Anatomy at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Later, it became a centre of Belur Math. The locality, around the Math in Kankurgachi, is inhabited by people coming from economically challenged background and the dispensary cum diagnostic centre will be of great help to them.